Don’t miss the Villa Majorelle, which was awarded the French ‘Maison des Illustres’ (houses owned by famous people) label in 2012.
Designed by architect Henri Sauvage in 1901-1902, the Villa Majorelle, or Villa Jika (from the initials of Louis Majorelle’s wife Jeanne Kretz) has all the characteristic features of the Nancy School. The close collaboration between Sauvage and Majorelle resulted in a perfect blend of elegance and comfort. All the stained glass in the house is the work of Jacques Gruber, who worked with Majorelle from 1895 onwards..
Note the use of the honesty seed pod motif, a symbol of success and prosperity, on the wrought-iron work made in Majorelle’s workshop, which originally stood at the bottom of the garden.
The Villa Majorelle was extensively featured in contemporary design magazines. It represented a major break with tradition and sparked off many new ideas, which were then taken up by architects working in Nancy at the time.